I *think* we're settled into our school routines. Some notes for memory's sake (because Lord knows I'm losing it fast!)...
We spend less on groceries during the school year because the elementary school kids get free breakfast and lunch at school. They complain about it, but there's enough variety each day that I know they'll eat something, even if it is just a "meat and cheese sandwich" everyday (that would be Declan). Every night, we pack two snacks in the lunchboxes and call it done. Every morning, they whine and complain as they watch their high school siblings eat breakfast at home ("They're eating allllll the good cereal!") and make a real lunch to take ("It's so unfair!") so that's been fun.
I haaaaaate that the chunk of time I have with my little guys is also their worst acting time of the day. I have them from after school until bedtime, which is roughly from 4-7pm, though we've been putting them to bed at 6:45 because they're so exhausted. I know their crankiness can be cured with some quality time and food in their bellies, but I am busy making said food and employ the older kids to take them outside to play, or pull out a game during this time. Then it's dinner, cleanup, bath and bedtime and I am left feeling like I barely saw them. Tis the working parent's life, but it's still hard on them and me.